Well, as I predicted, Marvel president Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter’s growing involvement in our government means he can no longer hide in the shadows, but will be photographed and even videoed as a public figure should be. The video came yesterday when POTUS Donald Trump went to speak to CentComm, and Perlmutter, rumored to be helping with veteran affairs, tagged along. The moment was captured by CNBC, whose announcers marveled at the majesty of it all.
Unlike the chilling, Hannibalesque surreptitious photos from a few weeks ago, these videos are open, well lit and, well, destroy one of the last great mysteries I had left in life.
Perlmutter looks hale and hearty for a man of 74, so any hopes he’s going to retire and let Marvel run normally would seem far, far in the future.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.